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Colorado Murder-Suicide Update: Suspected gunman was released from jail hours before shooting attack, police say

Daniel Sanchez Weld County Sheriffs Office

Daniel Sanchez
Weld County Sheriffs Office

(CBS/AP) LONGMONT, Colo. - Authorities said the Colorado gunman accused of killing three people, including his ex-girlfriend, and then himself on Tuesday was released from jail on domestic violence charges just hours before the attack.

Weld County Sheriff John Cook said 31-year-old Daniel Sanchez was arrested Saturday on charges of domestic violence, kidnapping and false arrest for allegedly holding his ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Beatriz Cintora-Silva, against her will after their relationship ended.

He was released on bail from the Boulder County jail at 10 p.m. Monday and drove to the home where Cintora-Silva had taken refuge with her sister and brother-in-law, Cook said.

"He shot out the back door," Cook said. "He shot that out then gained entry into the house."

The victims included the Cintora-Silva's sister, 22-year-old Maria Cintora-Silva, and the sister's husband, 32-year-old Max Ojeda. All were found dead in a home in unincorporated Weld County outside Longmont, about 35 miles north of Denver.

Authorities said Beatriz Cintora-Silva called 911 shortly after 4 a.m. to report shots fired. The 911 dispatcher heard her cry, "No, no, no," followed by a gunshot.

Sanchez took the phone, told the dispatcher he killed three people and that he was going to kill himself, authorities said. The dispatcher then heard a single shot followed by silence.

The bodies of Ojeda and his wife were found in one bedroom. His sister-in-law and Sanchez were found in another, Cook said.

Authorities found a .45-caliber Glock handgun near Sanchez's body and 16 spent shell casings around the house, Cook said. Investigators were still examining the house and might find more.

Cook said Sanchez had two magazines for the gun, and each held 13 rounds of ammunition.

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